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Wednesday, January 18, 2006 

Raymond Weil

Raymond Weil watchesFor more than 25 years, RAYMOND WEIL has created masterpieces of time, art and elegance which express the creative desires of our times. RAYMOND WEIL gathers inspiration from works of art and music, cleverly embodying these premises with a passion enviable amongst some of the best-known Swiss watchmakers.
Since its founding by Raymond Weil in 1976, this Geneva-based watch company has been an enigmatic leader due to the creation, design and color-intensive elements in its designs. Using all that modern technology has to offer, RAYMOND WEIL has never settled for anything less than impeccable product quality.

Most of the RAYMOND WEIL collections draw their inspiration from major musical works such as Parsifal—the brand’s signature collection—Don Giovanni and Othello. Each of these collections reflects RAYMOND WEIL’s love for classical music, the opera and the arts.

In 1982, the talented and passionate Raymond Weil welcomed Olivier Bernheim into the family business. Instrumental in opening new markets and making structural and transitional changes within the company, Bernheim is now president and CEO of the company.
Since its inception, RAYMOND WEIL has produced elegant and cutting-edge timepieces. In 1983, RAYMOND WEIL launched the incredibly successful, classically elegant Amadeus collection, dedicated to Mozart. Several years later, the bold Othello was introduced and in 1988, the stunning color-stained-crystal Traviata watch made its debut. Indeed, the Traviata timepieces were so sophisticated and striking in their use of color and style that RAYMOND WEIL was soon recognized as a leader in technical and aesthetic design.

RAYMOND WEIL unveiled the Parsifal collection of steel and 18-karat gold watches in 1991. This most celebrated collection continues to make its mark as a true virtuoso. Valiant, powerful and refined, the Parsifal is a timepiece of symmetry and harmony.

Throughout the late 1980s and into the 1990s, RAYMOND WEIL grew to be one of Switzerland’s most important watch influences. Indeed, the vision of RAYMOND WEIL can be summed up in just a few words: creation, innovation and evolution—each of which is a permanent element in the brand’s professional code of ethics.

Adhering to a constant quest for perfection, RAYMOND WEIL continually unveils impeccable works of craftsmanship and beauty. Insistent that technical prowess remains supreme, RAYMOND WEIL has harmoniously blended tradition and modernity, technology and art into each timepiece.

One such exceptional collection is the Don Giovanni series. Recently, RAYMOND WEIL launched an unusual version of the Don Giovanni chronograph watch and the new creation dominates the collection with its extraordinary dimension and splendid execution.
The daring Don Giovanni Cosi Grande watch is the result of combined research into new ideas and solutions in watchmaking. A phenomenal creation of complexity in design and technical aesthetics, the Don Giovanni Cosi Grande is a mechanical chronograph with automatic winding. Hand-assembled by RAYMOND WEIL’s finest watchmakers, the chronograph includes the traditional functions of start, stop, restart, and return to zero, and offers a 30-minutes counter and a 12-hours counters.

The Don Giovanni Cosi Grande watch is crafted in steel and features a curved rectangular case of extreme dimensions. It is 50mm long by 37.6mm across and is fitted with a domed sapphire crystal with antireflection treatment. Water resistant to 30 meters, the watch features a transparent caseback to view the mechanism.

In 2001, RAYMOND WEIL gave the Othello collection—first unveiled to the world in 1986—a stunning relaunch. The rebirth of Othello captures the very essence of the innovative spirit of the brand. With a calm and discreet design that emphasizes strength of character and uncompromising beauty, Othello is equally daring and mysterious.

The round, thin case features a slightly curved sapphire crystal that charms and fascinates. The depth of the dark blue dial bordered by a midnight-blue bezel is tirelessly captivating, and the two thin steel bars that stretch from top to bottom across the sapphire crystal add unparalleled depth and dimension.

Sophisticated and intriguing, the new Othello collection is a profound expression of individuality. In addition to the enticing midnight-blue Othello, RAYMOND WEIL has also unveiled two splendid new versions of the Othello in 18-karat gold. Called the Othello OR collection, the sleek watches are crafted in either yellow or rose gold and in typical Othello style feature two vertical bars of gold sliced across the curved crystal of the watch—a strikingly bold and innovative design.

The Othello OR Jaune line is crafted in 18-karat yellow gold with a cognac dial. The bars are set with 46 diamonds for scintillating effect. The Othello OR Rose collection is crafted in 18-karat rose gold with a dial influenced by burgundy reflections. These elegant watches embody the pioneering and inventive design spirit of the brand.

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